Tag Archives: Sustainable Development Goals

Celebrating Mother Earth Day 22 April

Leading up to International Mother Earth Day on the 22 April we joined the Bush and Waterbug Detectives School Holiday Programme at Jerrabomberra Wetlands Canberra.

Education is vital for a healthy planet.

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

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Presentation on the UN and the SDGs to Radford College students

How the Sustainable Development Goals are going to lead to a better world for all was the focus of a presentation made to tenth grade students at Radford College.

The two sessions by the UNIC Director, gave an introduction to the United Nations and the activities of the Organization in the region, before moving in more depth to look at the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To demonstrate the interconnectivity of the Goals, students were handed cards with individual Goals and then asked to find other students with Goals that were related. With a focus of the gender Goal 5, nearly all the students were quickly standing up and connecting with other students. The sessions ended with a call to action from the students as they were shown some of the many ways they could contribute to a more sustainable world where no one is left behind. For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Talking Sustainable Development at Dickson College

The Director of the United Nations Information Centre Canberra gave a presentation to a Year 12 Global Studies class at Dickson College on Monday, 19 March.

The forty-minute presentation explained the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals and how each goal is interrelated though it each has its own targets to achieve.

Subsequent to the presentation, there was a wide range of questions from the engaged students touching on UN issues such as the status of Palestine, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Migration and what the Australian Government is doing for the Sustainable Development Goals.

At the end of the class, a group of students inspired by the presentation decided to display a SDG poster and SDG goals in the classroom and along the school hallways to spread awareness throughout the college.

UN-World Bank panel calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action, released by a panel of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor, calls for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, can be achieved.

According to the report, 40 per cent of the world’s people are being affected by water scarcity. If not addressed, as many as 700 million could be displaced by 2030 in search for water. More than two billion people are compelled to drink unsafe water and more than 4.5 billion do not have safely managed sanitation services. More.

Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

The International Women’s Club invited the UNIC Director to address them as their keynote speaker on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The presentation described the importance of the SDGs and the impact they have on everyday life.  With International Women’s Day a week away, the presentation focused Goal 5: Gender Equality to help explain how the Goals worked.

To demonstrate how they are all interconnected, the audience were asked to hold up a card for a specific goal that had been placed on their seat, and then to connect with someone who had a goal that was linked to theirs.  There was a lively Q&A session after the presentation, with a variety of questions ranging from climate change and abolishing plastics, to reducing weapons and upholding peace.

Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Young Australians Talk About The Sustainable Development Goals

High School Students from across Australia took part in a Plan for the Planet programme at the Australian National University in Canberra.

We took our camera along and worked with the students to make this short video. The students spoke about which Sustainable Development Goal was important to them and why – they also had fun filming and interviewing each other in the process.

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF),
the central platform for reviewing progress on the implementation of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level, takes place this year on 10-19 July at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Forum will bring together member states, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to review the successes,   challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs.

Richard Curtis, a SDG Advocate, is a screen writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary – and leading up to the HLPF read what he has to say about the importance of the SDGs and why he regards them as the toolkit for the current and future generations.

UN in the Pacific; working together to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities

On 23 June, resilience in the face of Climate Change was in the spotlight with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office Country Director, and Head of Pacific Regional Programme and Policy, Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov, giving presentations in support of this key global issue as part of European Climate Diplomacy Week.

Titled UN in the Pacific; working together to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities, Mr Burkhanov’s presentation raised this key global issue with the Diplomatic Corps at the UNIC Canberra Office, and again with the academic community in an address at the Australian National University.

Mr Burkhanov discussed building resistance to climate change and natural disasters, and resilience from a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) perspective, examining how this might drive sustainable development more broadly.

He also spoke about how action to adapt to climate change, manage disaster risk, and reduction in development-related carbon footprint all work towards the broader goals of sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Annual UN Asia-Pacific policy forum session spotlights poverty eradication, sustainable energy

Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, (UNESCAP) whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More on UN News Site.

UNESCAP Press Release which includes how to watch live and contacts for media.